The final proofs for My Beautiful Imperial have gone off to the printers. From signing the contract in August to now, this has been a very quick process. I'd been told that publishers would normally take at least 18 months to two years from agreement to publication. One of the many advantages of going with a relatively small new press - in my case, Victorina Press. My advice to new authors: don't be fixated on securing a contract with the 'big' names just because you think it would sound good on your CV. Find the right publisher who will really care about your book and give it a proper home.
So now the wait is on to see what it will look like 'in the flesh'!